Non-Executive Director

We are looking for an experienced Non-Executive Director who can help the company achieve the ambitions of the founders and achieve a successful outcome for the investors and shareholders.

Watr – The Smart Water Monitor ( is an ambitious technology start-up and a disruptor to the water industry based in Norwich.

The NED is the sole Non-Executive of the company will chair the Board of Directors.

Basic salary - TBD (depending on experience) plus share scheme and bonus.

Ideal Candidate:

  • A highly driven commercial individual with a demonstrated experience in leading businesses to achieve success and reaching targets. Ideally with experience in technology products and the water industry or utilities sector.
  • The NED is expected to bring an external, independent perspective to the Board, assist with strategy, help develop the business and ensure that the risks are suitably managed.
  • The NED is expected to challenge and advise the executive directors, in line with the Watr company values below, and help them to reach balanced judgements.

Contribution – Making a difference to the world we live in

Innovation – Achieving excellence through creativity

Collaboration – Realising together we are stronger

Intelligence – Nurturing talented minds to deliver success

Professionalism – Demanding integrity and quality in all we do

Roles and Responsibilities:


  • Chair the Watr board in a Non-Executive capacity
  • Bring an external, independent perspective and advise the Board accordingly
  • Advise on financial governance and financial process
  • Assist in setting and revising strategy and objectives
  • Challenge executive directors on their decision making
  • Scrutinise the performance of management against the objectives and values of the company
  • Help to determine appropriate levels of remuneration of executive directors and senior management and to advise on reward mechanisms
  • Advise on risk management and internal control frameworks
  • Advise on systems which support the integrity and quality of management information
  • Advise on governance arrangements and assist with succession planning, including chairing Appointments Panel
  • Chair and participate in strategy meetings/AGMs with senior staff/shareholders or all staff, including quarterly all company gatherings in Norwich


  • Involvement in business development, (working closely with Board and senior team), this could be including client visits and presentations at client events or conferences
  • Provide access to useful contacts and networks to help develop new business in line with strategy
  • Identify opportunities for Watr, for example new services, clients or partners

Person Specification:

Previous Experience:

  • Strategic management or business development role preferably in a technology consultancy organisation, ideally engaged in water industry or environmental-related services.
  • Director of similar-sized company which has undergone sustained growth (Executive or Non Executive)
  • Strategy development, governance, business development and operational experience
  • Chairing business committees or Boards
  • Understanding of markets in which Watr operates or wishes to develop, including private, public and not-for-profit sectors

Skills and Qualities:

  • Understanding of Watr values and environmental ethos, and track record of living these
  • Gravitas to be respected internally and externally
  • Ability to engage constructively with senior management and to challenge on difficult issues in a non-confrontational way
  • Successful motivator of senior management
  • Clear and enthusiastic communicator; verbal and written
  • Strategic thinker and business development orientation
  • Understanding of systems and risk management
  • Good understanding of management accounts and related management information
  • Knowledge of reward and motivation mechanisms
  • IT literate

Time commitment:

The current Board meets approximately 6-8 times a year, and holds additional strategy meetings, including with senior staff/shareholders. The NED is expected to be available for ad-hoc advice to the Board on an as-needs basis. The total time commitment per annum is estimated as 24 days

If you want to apply for this role please send a covering letter and CV to